I am really surprised that The Wedding Ringer wasn’t nominated for an Oscar, thought no one ever. But Josh Gad and Kevin Hart’s chemistry is indisputable and carries this solid comedy throughout. Gad crushes your sweet guy next door vibe and Hart is Vince Vaughn and Eddie Murphy rolled into one, but more likable.
Gad plays Doug, a successful lawyer who is engaged to Gretchen (Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting). Unknown to Gretchen, Doug is a pathetic chap who has no one in line for his groomsmen, with the wedding only a few days away. The wedding planner senses Doug’s problem and refers him to Jimmy, (Kevin Hart) a savvy businessman who makes a living providing “best man services” for guys in a similar predicament to Doug’s. In all his experience, though, Jimmy has never seen someone who needs seven groomsmen. He only agrees to do the job for a steep price, which desperate Doug agrees to pay. And from there, we set off on a journey of general comic shtick, replete with the requisite genitalia jokes. What results is quite a bit of laughter and enough sensitivity to qualify this as a modern version of the old buddy movie, or what I call a man’s chick flick.
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